Maureen Dowd writes the usual snarky column today. She even has some interesting tidbits, like Richard Perle dressing down Hans Blix. But then she offers this bit of geopolitical analysis:
Afghanistan offers cautionary lessons. It was the abandonment by the U.S. after Afghanistan’s war in 1989 with the Soviet Union that stoked the fury of Al Qaeda. The regime of the American puppet Hamid Karzai is still perilously fragile.
Maybe it all depends on the meaning of “stoked.” But at face value this sounds 100% wrong. Al Quaeda was never mad at us for leaving Afghanistan it was mad at us for not leaving Saudi Arabia.